Leucadia Energy

Rich Egger

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed energy  legislation that critics say could have raised the price of natural gas around the state.

The legislation would have forced natural gas companies Ameren and Nicor to buy synthetic gas produced by the Leucadia plant in order to help pay for its construction. The plant was proposed to be built on Chicago's south side. Leucadia planned to use technology that converts Illinois coal into gas.

Downstate Illinois and suburban customers could see natural gas rates increase if Governor Pat Quinn signs legislation (SB 3766) intended to help a proposed power plant in Chicago.

That is the assertion from manufacturing, agricultural and environmental groups.